Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2018
DOCG, Podere Le Bèrne, 375 ml
Bright intense ruby colour. Pleasant nose of wild berries, blackcurrant, ripe cherry, plum jam, vanilla and floral notes of violet. Good fruit concentration well balance the oak on palate. The tannins are round and define the long finish.
|Origin:||Italien / Toskana / Vino Nobile di Montepulciano|
|Grape variety:||Prugnolo gentile, Mammolo, Colorino|
|Ripening potential:||3 to 8 years|
|Serving temperature:||16 to 18 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Brasato di manzo al Barolo, Cold fish dish, dried meat, Saddle of lamb fillet with herb jus, Saltimbocca, Spicy hard cheese, Risotto with ceps|
|Vinification:||long must fermentation, Pumping over|
|Harvest:||hand-picking, strict selection|
|Maturation:||in new barriques, some months bottle storage before sale|
|Maturation duration:||24 months|
Epitome of Tuscany
Chianti classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino nobile di Montepulciano: the Sangiovese is in each of the classic red wines from Tuscany. For a long time, it was assumed that its birthplace was here. After all, it appeared under various synonyms in Tuscan documents dating from 1600. But in 2004, researchers unveiled that one of its parents originated in Calabria in southern Italy. Today, it is the most planted variety in Italy. In addition to Tuscany, it fares well in Emilia-Romagna, Marche or Umbria. It is an exceptionally lovable wine: its aromas of cherry and plum, violets and spices are complemented by fresh acidity and a juicy texture. It wins people around both as cheerful, drinkable wines with pizza and pasta and as barrel-aged top class wines. Carried by Italian immigrants, it found its way to California and Argentina. However, it does not have the same reputation there.
Flowers for the nose
This red variety comes from Italy and produces red wines with a clear scent of violets. This explains its name, as the violet is called “mammole” in Italian.
This vine is known under various synonyms, the most well-known of which is probably Malvasia.
In Corsica, where it is grown on an area of around 800 hectares, Mammolo is known as Sciaccarello. It is happily blended there with Sangiovese, which the locals call Nielluccio. Mammolo probably made its way to Corsica when Genoese merchants controlled large swathes of Mediterranean trade. They supposedly brought the originally-Tuscan vine to the island, where it quickly established itself.
In Italy today, the vine is only seldom found. There are at most 200 hectares throughout the entire country.
Brings color to the game
This red variety's name is its manifesto. The berries are primarily used to color wines, as the dark juice from the fleshy Colorino grape gives blends a beautiful, deep color, even in small quantities. From Chianti to Vino Nobile de Montepulciano, many different wines benefit from Colorino, which is cultivated in all corners of Tuscany, as well as Umbria. Colorino even grows wild in the forests, and the vine's leaves sometimes turn completely red.
Varietal wines from this grape are hard to find; winemakers appreciate it mostly for its color intensity.
Italy – Where wine is a way of life
The Italian wine regions are extremely diverse, and this is made clear in their wines. Established varieties such as Merlot, Syrah, and Sauvignon can be found on just 15 percent of the total vine growing area. The remaining 85 percent is reserved for autochthonous, indigenous varieties. More than 2,000 different grape varieties are grown under diverse conditions and pressed with various techniques into wines that reach the top tier of the international wine market.